MANCHESTER, N.H. - Jenny McDade (Derry, NH) led four Southern New Hampshire University players in double figures with 14 points and seven rebounds as the Penmen posted a 71-59 Northeast-10 women's basketball victory over Pace University Saturday afternoon at the SNHU Fieldhouse. The Penmen, who stopped a two-game slide with the win, improve to 11-7 and 6-7 in the NE-10, while the Setters now stand at 10-6 and 7-5 in the league.
McDade finished 6-10 from the floor and 2-4 behind the arc, with her 14 points one shy of her career high. Megan Shay (Candor, NY) registered a season-high 13 points in 18 minutes off the bench, draining three of her four three-point attempts and going 5-7 overall. Ashara Carrington (Marblehead, MA) added 11 points and five rebounds, while Alyssa Whitney (Somerville, MA) finished with 10 points.
Brittany Huggins led Pace with 15 points off the bench, while Brittany Shields added 13 points and 10 rebounds.
SNHU and Pace traded the lead five times in the first seven minutes, but the Penmen would take the lead for good at the 13:11 mark on a layup by Shay that made it 14-12. Southern New Hampshire gradually built its lead and a layup by Stephanie Houghton (Manchester, NH) with 3:51 left made it 28-19. The Penmen would take a 36-29 lead into the locker room.
Pace scored the first two baskets of the second half to cut the lead to three, but SNHU used a 6-0 spurt to retake a nine-point advantage, 42-33, with 15:02 to play on a three by McDade. A 12-4 Penmen run would give the hosts a 15-point lead, 59-44, with just over eight minutes left on a layup by Christine Duffy (South Boston, MA). SNHU would maintain at least an eight-point advantage the rest of the way.
Southern New Hampshire outrebounded Pace 45-32, including a 16-6 advantage on the offensive glass. The Penmen also generated a 25-12 edge in points off turnovers.
SNHU returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Franklin Pierce University in a 5:30 contest at the SNHU Fieldhouse.
NOTES: Carrington is averaging 13.3 points over SNHU's last seven contests, reaching double figures in five of those games...the Penmen improved to 5-2 at home this season.